6 Apr 2006
The Haçienda Classics - the official website 
The promotional machine is in full swing for The Haçienda Classics, the new 3CD set compiled and mixed by Peter Hook and Phil Beckett. Not only is there a TV ad campaign but there's an official website too at www.thehaciendamustbebuilt.co.uk [where, amongst other things, you can check out the aforementioned ad if you can't see it on the telly].

The website isn't to be confused with www.thehaciendamustbebuilt.com which is the site through which you can still buy reprints of the great book FAC 351 The Haçienda Must Be Built.

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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